Cultural relativism is a lens by which I view a great deal, but I'm hard pressed to cite examples of acceptance other than references to a New Zealand tribe and a Noble prize winner that ended up with a plea bargain (is this even true?).
In 17 states no marriageable ages have been fixed by law and presumably the common law ages are in force—14 for males and 12 for females.
It seems far more likely to me that in most cases, pedophilia isn't an individual disorder, but a social one, the product of a culture that teaches men to desire power and control, to fear women's ownership of their sexuality, and to fetishize innocence and weakness. Most of all, it's the product of a culture that teaches men that they are entitled to other people's bodies. Most pedophiles, I believe, rape children because children are easier to rape than adults.
Talez: I'm sure there are prepubescent children who are mature enough to understand their actions.
Talez: Like take American Beauty for instance. It's an academy award winning movie with the naked breasts of a child (Thora Birch being 16 at the time). I doubt that would have happened if everyone (including Thora) was confident of the child's ability to know the effects and consequences of her actions and having the emotional maturity to handle them. Everyone was satisfied and if you want to see a 16 year old's tits you just grab the DVD and you have them not only legally but applauded by the creative community.
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